Sentencing postponed for ex-Carbondale councilman for lottery ticket theft

Jan. 31—A Lackawanna County decide postponed sentencing Tuesday for a former Carbondale councilman who admitted stealing greater than $163,000 in lottery tickets from a enterprise the place he labored.

Choose Michael J. Barrasse continued the case of Joseph J. McDonald, 37, to offer his attorneys, William Peters and William Thompson, time to work on a restitution association.

McDonald was charged in September with stealing 188 packs of scratch-off tickets from Mr. B’s Tobacco Store, owned by Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor and his spouse, Ashley.

County detectives set the loss at $163,261 — $97,300 for the retail worth of the tickets and $65,961 in payouts for winners, most of which have been cashed at Mr. B’s.

McDonald, who pleaded responsible in October to theft and forgery fees, nonetheless owes greater than $157,000 in restitution, practically all of it to Mr. B’s, prosecutors say.


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